Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Security
(March 14, 2022) — As the Russian invasion of Ukraine moves past its third week, there are slight hopes that negotiations between the two sides may soon produce a ceasefire. But with the shrill warmongering talk in Washington, it almost seems like the US government would hate to see that happen.
Congress and the US Administration seem determined to drag the United States into a war with Russia over Ukraine. Senator Lindsay Graham is openly calling for someone to kill the Russian president and many in the US House have demanded that the Administration establish a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine.
Are they insane? A no-fly zone means you destroy anything and everything that can prevent total US air dominance. That means an attack on Russian missile and air defense systems within Russia. In other words, World War III.
We can all feel disgust at the destruction in Ukraine, but is it really necessary for us to gamble with our own nuclear annihilation?
Sadly, a large bipartisan group in Congress seems to think so.
Much of what is happening in Ukraine can be traced back to the Obama Administration. State Department officials like Victoria Nuland and Antony Blinken planned and executed the overthrow of the Ukrainian government in 2014. This is what set us on this path to conflict, as the government put in place after the coup began demanding NATO membership.
Blinken, Nuland, and the others responsible for this heinous act returned to government in more senior positions under President Biden and they have continued to push their Ukraine agenda.
Last week Secretary of State Blinken — our top diplomat — sought to send Soviet-era Polish fighter jets into Ukraine to shoot Russians. When the Poles said they’d be happy to ship the planes to a US base in Germany and let the Pentagon transfer them to Ukraine, the Pentagon finally stepped in to quash an extraordinarily high-risk move that even the Pentagon said would have no real effect on the outcome of the war.
The State Department is trying to get us into a war and the Pentagon is trying to keep us out. How ironic!
Back when I was on the campaign trail I would say that we have a few thousand diplomats in government, it might not be a bad idea to use them. But I certainly did not mean that we should use them to try and get us further involved in a war!
Three weeks into this terrible war, the US is not pursuing talks with Russia. As Antiwar.com recently reported, instead of supporting negotiations between Ukraine and Russia that could lead to a ceasefire and an end to the bloodshed, the US government is actually escalating the situation, which can only increase the bloodshed.
The constant flow of US and allied weapons into Ukraine and talk of supporting an extended insurgency does not seem designed to give Ukraine a victory on the battlefield but rather to hand Russia what Secretary of State Blinken called “a strategic defeat.”
It sounds an awful lot like the Biden Administration intends to fight Russia down to the last Ukrainian. The only solution for the US is to get out. Let the Russians and Ukrainians reach an agreement. That means no NATO for Ukraine and no US missiles on Russia’s borders? So what! End the war then end NATO.
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Déjà Vu. NATO’s History of War Crimes
Gar Smith / Environmentalists Against War
Hospitals bombed. Civilian apartments destroyed. Residents forced to flee their homes. This is what Russia’s invasion has brought to Ukraine. But this also is a summation of the damage inflicted by NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War.
On March 24, 1999 US/NATO began bombing Yugoslavia in a campaign that lasted 78 days—nearly three months.
NATO missiles and airstrikes destroyed 25,000 homes, 300 miles of roads, 400 miles of railways, 14 airports, 19 hospitals, 19 kindergartens, 69 schools, 176 cultural monuments and 44 bridges.
The Centre for Humanitarian Law in Belgrade estimated around 9,401 people were killed or disappeared during NATO’s bombing of Kosovo. Other estimates concluded the NATO bombardment injured as many as 25,000.
NATO’s use of depleted uranium weapons left neighborhoods contaminated with radiation.
In August 2011, NATO began a brutal seven-month war on Libya during which NATO jets conducted more than 30,000 air and missile strikes and dropped more than 7,700 precision-guided bombs.
the International Coalition Against War Criminals estimates that 519 people were killed, 3,980 were wounded and more than 1,500 were reported missing.
According to press reports, “NATO launched brutal air and sea attacks destroying the Libyan air force, ships, energy depots, tanks, artillery and armories and killed and wounded thousands of soldiers, police and civilian militia fighters….
“NATO air strikes were responsible for the massive destruction of Libyan civilian and defensive military infrastructure, bombing ports, highways, warehouses, airports, hospitals, electrical and water plants and neighborhood housing….”
An investigation by Human Rights Watch confirmed numerous instances of war crimes where large numbers of civilians were killed in NATO attacks that were not directed legitimate military targets.